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    09-05-2011, 03:34 PM
The switch?

As some of you know, I show on the QH hunter circuit. My horse and I have accomplished pretty much everything I have wanted to accomplish on the circuit. I've been thinking about maybe doing an A rated show and see how it goes. If I like it, I might do a few more and see how I do. I've decided that if I really enjoy the change, that I will either sell my horse and get one that has been-there-done-that in the big eq, or keep mine and just stay with the 3 foot level.

What are your thoughts or experiences? What should I expect?

Thanks everyone :)
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    09-05-2011, 06:08 PM
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    09-05-2011, 07:42 PM
You should do it! Showing is a great experience, as I'm sure you know. Make sure you've schooled anything they can ask for in the classes you're signed up for. I did a class once that included a hand-gallop, extended trot with no stirrups, figure-eight with a flying change, etc. It was clear who hadn't done their homework. So check the tests that can be asked of your class and practice, practice, practice them at home, especially for the medals.
I'm not sure how much you've looked into big eq horses, but be prepared for the price. For an good horse with extensive 3'6" show-ring experience that can do Medal/Maclay and Talent Search prices are generally pretty pricy. When I was down in Florida, there was a nice hunter with potential going for $80k. I've seen a lot of very nice 4' hunters going for well into the six figures. I'm not saying less expensive horses aren't out there, you just have to look in the right places.

I'd definitely go for it, have fun! :)
    09-05-2011, 07:57 PM
Thank you!! Yeah I've really looked at some of the options in y state and they were anywhere from 30-150 grand. One I really am interested in is anywhere from 60-80k. It just depends on whatever we can get my horse for :) I really enjoy challenging myself and taking harder options for everything so I think USEF would be a good step for me as a rider.

Thanks :)
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    09-05-2011, 09:30 PM
Definitely go for it. I would try very hard to invest in a seasoned horse. You might not need to get one that will cruise you around a 3'6'' course just yet, it takes quite a bit of work to get there. I know you have already been jumping and showing consistantly but this "world" is a completely different game than AQHA stuff. I would also maybe look for an A circuit trainer in your area as well. One that knows the ins and outs. Anything that you can do to give yourself an advantage. Just be prepared for a completely different side of showing.
    09-06-2011, 12:13 AM
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